We do not condone, support or encourage the regime of North Korea in any manner whatsoever. We are independent travellers and these photos are from a perspective of us with no political, ethical motives or social incentives.
North Korea (DPRK) is one of the most isolated and closed off country in the world. Yet we were lucky enough to get in and spend a week in Pyongyang as well as traveling across the Chinese border by train.
Generally, visitors to North Korea must either be tourists on a guided package tour, guests of the government, or to have received an invitation by “a citizen of some standing” or a volunteer organization. We chose not to travel with a tour group and had the services of a local guide so we were able to sightsee and travel on public transport.
Travelers are subject to guidelines and have to stand by them if you intend to travel there. You have to pay respect to local traditions, customs and local laws, as you will do in any other countries you travel to. Despite what can be read on the web, photographs are permitted with authorisation, electronic devises are allowed, blue jeans are not forbidden (at the expectation of when visiting some memorial monuments), and you can talk to the locals but the language barrier can stifle the conversation. I have personally never felt so safe in a country.
Visiting North Korea was an experience like no other. We will undoubtedly keep a good memory of the people we met during this trip and share time with. It is one thing to get to know a country through the medias and it is a totally different feeling to discover it by yourself and make your own opinion. What stop you travelling to unknown places ?